Friday, November 8, 2013

November Novellas #8: Review and Free Download: Daimon: The Prequel to Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout


It’s that time of year again! I absolutely adore novellas, short stories, and anthologies! They are fun and fast reads, and some are very easy on the pocketbook if not FREE. Some are essential to the series, some are great for catch-up between novels, and some… well, some will have you scratching your head wondering, “What’s the point in this?” as well as questioning the hefty price! This month, I’m going to be bringing you some novella and short story deals and steals as well as highlighting my favorites and letting you know which ones to grab up and which ones you might want to pass up. I’ll have spotlights, reviews, guest reviews, and giveaways.


Title: Daimon (Half-Blood #0.5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press 
Published: May 10, 2011

Purchase:  Amazon  |  B&N

For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals--pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she'd been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she's pretty much accepted that she's a freak by mortal standards... and that she'll never be prepared for that duty. According to her mother, that's a good thing.But as every descendant of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return-the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death... because she's being hunted by the very creatures she'd once trained to kill. The daimons have found her.

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"Love in my world usually ended up with someone hearing 'I smite thee ' 
as she was cursed to be some lame flower for the rest of her life." 

Being on the run stinks.  Alexandria (but you can call her Alex) and her mother have moved several times since temporarily settling in Miami. As a Half-Blood (the child of a mortal and a god), she's never going to fit in with the mortals. And it's not like she could ever share why she's so different:

“Guess what? You ever watch Clash of the Titans or read any Greek fables? Well those gods are real and yeah, I’m sort of a descendant of them. Kind of like the stepchild no one wants to claim. Oh, and I hadn’t even been around mortals until three years ago. Can we still be friends?” 

 Oh, and her love life sucks almost as much as being on the run does:

"Previously, I’d crushed on a brooding academic who’d written poems on the back of his school books and styled his dyed, jet black hair so it’d covered his hazel eyes. He’d written a song about me. I’d laughed, and that relationship had been over before it got started. The year before that was probably my most embarrassing—the bleached blond, JV football captain with sky blue eyes. Months had gone by with us barely exchanging a “hey” and “do you have a pencil?” before we’d finally met up at a party. We’d talked. He’d kissed me and mauled my boobs, all the while smelling like cheap beer. I’d punched him and broken his jaw."

None of these mortal guys could compare with the only guy to ever turn Alex into a gooey puddle:  Aiden.  Dark hair, storm-cloud-colored eyes, and -- as a Pure-blood -- completely and totally forbidden.  Not that it matters since she'll never see him again.  It would probably help Alex's feelings a lot if she knew exactly why her mother made them leave the covenant in the middle of the night and why they've been looking over their shoulder ever since.

"I sometimes wondered if my mom had sensed my budding obsession with the pure-blood guy and that was why she’d yanked my happy butt out of the only world I’d known—the only world I really belonged to. Pures were so off limits to halfs like me."

All the training Alex had back at the covenant seems like such a waste until the very thing she'd been trained to fight shows up out of the clear blue: daimons.  Now Alex is on the run again and facing the fight of her life. With no one to turn to and no weapon other than her mother's gardening spade, how will she ever survive the hand fate has dealt her?

I love prequels!  Love them to pieces!  Daimon is a perfect example of a prequel done right.  This is a fabulous start to the series and will have you clamoring for Half-Blood immediately upon finishing. I love the pronunciation guide at the beginning (seriously -- I wish more authors included these in their books). Alex is a feisty, kick-butt kind of girl, and I can't wait to see what this series has in store for her!

Bottom Line:  While you can purchase this book for only $.99 from the above links, you can actually read this for FREE from the generous people at Spencer Hill Press. Click Here for Daimon and a sneak peek at Half-Blood.  At only 86 pages, this short story is action-packed and a definite must read for JLA fans!

  My Rating:


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